Rate Increase Information

Former Bench Sewer District Customers

Per the Bench Sewer District merger agreement, rates for former Bench customers are gradually merging with Boise rates over a five-year period. The is the third year of that process. Visit our Rates page for more information.

What is the rate increase?

Effective October 1, 2017, customers will see a 7.5% increase in their sewer bill. To see how rates are calculated, visit our Rates page for more information.

Why are rates increasing?

  • The City of Boise must meet certain state and federal regulations regarding the level of phosphorus in the water it releases into the Boise River. The rate increase is needed to sustain the health of the Boise River and to remove higher levels of phosphorus to meet future regulatory requirements.
  • Boise residents expect a clean and healthy Boise River. The city must manage and continue to invest in a complex process that cleans and renews all water that comes into the collection system. Cleaning and renewing water requires continued investment in infrastructure and advanced processes to ensure safe and clean water ends up back in the Boise River.
  • Even with this rate increase, the rates of Boise residents remain on the average among Treasure Valley neighbors, and much lower regionally.

Sewer Rate Comparison Chart

Will there be future rate increases?

  • While the City of Boise does everything possible to keep customers rates low, rate increases are sometimes necessary to continue to meet regulatory requirements, update infrastructure and processes, and continue to place the highest precedent on health, safety, and the environment. 
  • Every year, the Sewer Fund analyzes current and future revenue and expenses, and balances the two so the same high level of service can be maintained.
  • Any rate increase above 5% requires a public hearing.  Any future public hearings will be published in the Idaho Statesman, and open to all citizens for comment.  All information on past and future public hearings can be found online as well:  http://citycouncil.cityofboise.org/